Lyon College has been notified that it was awarded a competitive grant to continue its Upward Bound Math-Science (UBMS) Program, according to Jiana Stover, who directs Lyon’s program. UBMS is a federally funded program designed to help first-generation, low-income high school students prepare for college, specifically in math and science fields.
Lyon’s UBMS grant serves high school students in grades 9-11 from ten high schools in Eastern Arkansas, schools as far away as Highland, Pocahontas, and West Memphis. The local program has been in place since the 1990s. Students can participate for the three years of their high school time, preparing them not only to achieve academic success but also to become good citizens and community leaders.
UBMS benefits Lyon and the local community in many different ways. Much of the annual budget is spent here through hiring Lyon professors to lead summer classes and research groups, hiring Lyon students as grant staff, and having UBMS students stay on campus in the dorms and eat in the cafeteria during the summer program. They also shop and eat in the community.
Many of the high school students go on to become highly successful members of the Lyon student body, serving as members of Residence Life staff, student government, theater performances, fraternities, sororities, gospel choir, band, athletics, and many other campus opportunities.
In the last few years several successful Lyon graduates came from the UBMS program, and over eight former UBMS students currently attend Lyon. More who have applied for next year’s freshman class have been accepted. Two recent graduates are now in the Ph.D. program in mathematics at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, and several others are math and science teachers at area schools. Local Batesville veterinarian and Lyon alumnus Dr. Matt Gunter is a UBMS graduate, highlighting the legacy and value of this program in the local community.
Area residents with backgrounds in math or science are encouraged contribute to the UBMS program by speaking about their professions. Speakers on such general topics as dealing with stress or transitioning successfully from high school into college life are also welcome.
To volunteer, contact Jiana Stover at 870-307-7183 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pictured: UBMS student Teresa Miller shows off a chemical structure she made in Dr. Irosha Nawarathne’s TB or not TB? Chemistry of creating new medicines research group.
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